Jay talks the epic ‘Magna Carta’ sessions, his fall out with Timbaland and how to deal with ego.
We it was coming and now Part 1 is finally here. In what’s set to be a historical interview, Jay-Z sits down with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe for an exclusive interview, post his platinum selling twelfth album release, Magna Carta Holy Grail. In this first part of the four-part set, Jay reveals some interesting details about the making of his new album. For one, we all knew that Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake were working on new projects but did you know that they were doing this in separate rooms, right in the same studio where Jay, Timbo and the gang put the Magana Carta record together? Well, I bet you had no clue that “BBC” was an impromptu recording commissioned by Hov’ himself after all parties concerned had just come back from the Billionaire Boys Club tenth anniversary celebrations.
For all you hip hop heads who were wondering how it came about that Jay and Timbaland would still work together after Tim’s wilding out, Jay explains how he met a maturer Timbaland before heading to record Magna Carta. No answers on why there’s no Kanye feature but there’s an interesting story to be heard about how “No Church in the Wild” and “Made in America” from Watch the Throne came about.
To all the hip hop youngins who aspire to be like Jay, there are some notes for you too on how to carry yourself when surrounded by bad energy.
All of this and more in this exclusive 16-minuter down below.